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Penne Pasta Bake

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This recipe was originally posted on Planning With Kids. Head to Planning WIth Kids to find many more family-friendly recipes and practical tips on organising the family from leading parenting blogger and Melbourne mum to 5, Nicole Avery.


Penne Pasta Bake

This recipe is a super quick one and will be a hit with kids and adults alike. It takes less than 30 minutes and makes a large dish, so you might even have some left over for lunch the next day! 



8 rash shortcut rindless bacon

500 ml passata 

1 – 2 garlic cloves

1 large onion

300 ml cream

1 cup parmesan cheese grated

2 tbsp olive oil

500 gms penne pasta 



  1. Boil water for pasta.
  2. Finely chop the onion.
  3. Cut bacon into thin strips approx 2cm x .1 cm.
  4. Heat oil in a large frying pan. A large electric frying pan works perfectly.
  5. When heated to a moderate heat cook bacon to desired taste.
  6. Add onion and crush garlic into the pan and cook for another couple of minutes.
  7. Place pasta into boiling water.
  8. Add pasta sauce to the frying pan and turn down the heat slightly. Allow to simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.
  9. Add cream to frying pan and mix well. Turn up the heat slightly, allow it to bubble then reduce the heat and allow it to thicken, then turn to low.
  10. Heat the grill on high.
  11. Drain the pasta.
  12. Add pasta to the frying pan and combine well.
  13. Pour the contents of the pan into a lasagne-style dish and even out the mixture. Top with the grated parmesan and place under the grill until the cheese has melted and is a golden brown colour.
  14. Serve with some warm garlic bread!


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